#Persona5 fans rejoice! A fabulous app in the distinctive, dynamic style of the game's instant-messaging program allows gamers to transform their cellphones into a Phantom Thieves gadget, courtesy of developers and fellow Persona bods Nick and Laura Greenan.
Replacing the stock Android messaging system, the app swishes and swipes the texts around the screen uncannily like the popular RPG, boasts options to design your own color scheme and it works like a dream. If this sounds too good to be true, make sure you're sitting down because it's also a free download, though there's the option to donate to support the duo's endeavors.
This is for Android users only, but there are a collection of awesome communication features in games, not just Persona 5, that would be so cool to see as an IM app or theme. Inspiration struck and without further ado, keep reading to see four messaging systems from games that would inject pizzazz into any gamer's goings-on!
1. Animal Crossing
The Animal Crossing series spans more than 15 years, a whimsical community sim that captured the hearts of many who sank hours upon hours creating their ideal homes (and de-weeding their home's beautiful village. No need to be ashamed, we've all done it).
Sending and receiving letters was vital to befriending neighboring animals, with a variety of fancy papers to impress and the anticipation of checking the mailbox the next morning for a reply. If an app emulated Animal Crossing's famous mailing system, including a selection of interesting papers to choose from, and even had the chirpy soundtrack to boot, it'd make dropping a text to 'pick up toilet paper at the store' all the more adorable.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Wii U high-definition remaster for Twilight Princess upped the quality of the textures and resolution of the 2006 release, giving it just the tiniest of tweaks that it needed. Of course, most importantly, it overhauled the aesthetic and layout of the letters that Link acquired over the course of his adventures. It's a clear and distinct style that surely appeals to both new and old Zelda fans, adding earthen colors, fairy-tale swirls and neatness to the device.
Plus, any IM app inspired by Hyrule's postal service would have to have the quintessential Postman yelp for a notification sound!
3. Life Is Strange
Max's journal, in which she keeps exceptional photos, jottings of the day's events and characters she encounters, is a hodge-podge time capsule of her moments at Blackwell Academy. DONTNOD depicts much more of their protagonist's personality through her own texts and notes, and an IM app imitating the everyday hero's cellphone and journal habits would be fantastic - not only for fans, but for artistic, creative types.
4. Watch_Dogs 2
Marcus's cellphone is intended to mimic the style of the ubiquitous iPhone, yet what differentiates it from the millions of other minimalist smartphones out there is the gritty, gray-scale DedSec operating system. Slick animations and flashing bright with comic book and pop art parodies, an app copying this aesthetic would be the envy of all, combining clean lines alongside glitchy individuality. Ability to hack into advertisements and broadcast anti-establishment, anti-capitalist video transmissions (presumably) not included.
For now, Android users are fortunate enough to enjoy the Persona 5 aesthetic wherever they go, but as the app is soaring in popularity, an iOS rendition could roll around. In the meantime, we'll have to rely on those that are tech-and-code-savvy to create more gaming-inspired communication apps...